Red Cedar & White Fir Deodorant Recipe: A Homemade Natural Deodorant That Really Works
A while back a good friend of mine gifted me with some Western Red Cedar infused oil she had started. It’s been infusing quite some time, now, and I thought I’d go ahead and use some to make some deodorant! After all, I’m fresh out! Again. So, I thought I’d create a recipe where I could use this deodorizing infused oil, while also making it a low-baking soda recipe.
My last deodorant recipe creation was my highly successful Mango-Lime & Mint Deodorant a few months ago. (And yes, my deodorant recipes last quite some time.)
Making your own deodorant is easy, and it is a MUCH healthier choice than store-bought, chemical-filled deodorants. You can find out about my evolution from chemical deodorants to all natural in this article, where I explain everything you need to know about the toxins lurking in those horrors from the store.
Are you interested in Western Red Cedar? You can find out how to forage and use this beautiful, giant tree! I’m all about self-reliance and being prepared on our homestead, and the plant world provides us with so many ways to stay the journey. Western red cedar is a wonderful plant to get to know!
Now, on to the deodorant recipe!
How to Make Red Cedar & White Fir Deodorant: A Homemade Recipe That Really Works!
This recipe makes four ounces of deodorant. That may not sound like much, but a little goes a LONG way, and you won’t need to use very much.
Since this is a deodorant recipe, and therefore quite a firm salve type preparation, you won’t be using very much of the infused oil. But no worries! The cedar infused oil is also great for creating a green healing salve, and I’ll get that recipe up for you very shortly on the blog too. But until then, I really REALLY need some deodorant!
Ingredients for Red Cedar & White Fir Deodorant
1 tbsp Cedar infused Olive Oil (You can see the easy directions for making an herb infused oil in this link.)
2 tbsp Shea Butter
2 tbsp Cocoa Butter
2 tbsp baking soda
3 tbsp Arrowroot powder
50 drops White Fir essential oil
NOTE: If you don’t have cedar nearby, you can substitute with pine needles. You could also just leave out the infused oil and use regular olive oil instead. If you do this, adding a bit of Pine essential oil in addition to the White Fir is a nice idea.
Directions for Making Red Cedar & White Fir Natural Deodorant
Add your shea butter and cocoa butter to a double boiler system. I just use a pint Mason jar in a pan with about two (or a little less) inches of water.
Turn the heat to low or low-medium, and melt the butters.
Add your infused (or not) oil and the powders. Stir REALLY well until completely combined.
Now add your essential oils, and stir some more.
Pour the mixture into a small 4 ounce jar.
I like to place the jar into a freezer for about an hour to help it set up much more quickly.
Enjoy! That’s it!
To use your natural red cedar & white fir deodorant, just take a pea-sized amount and rub into your pits. The warmth of your body will help melt that small amount into your skin. No more chemicals! Yay!
Final Thoughts on This New Deodorant Recipe: Red Cedar & White Fir
Not to sound conceited, but this is truly another score! I love how soft it is. It melts more easily than my original deodorant, and I love that it has less baking soda. Baking soda can be irritating to tender underarms until your body gets used to it. Often, people don’t want to wait it out. So, this is a more calming recipe.
I hope you’ll give this a try!
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